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Ortiz: I Never Used Steroids

(Newser) - David Ortiz says he has never used steroids, despite his inclusion on baseball's infamous list of juicers from 2003, the Globe reports. “I used a lot of supplements and vitamins" back then, the Red Sox slugger said at a press conference today. He acknowledged being a "bit careless"... More »

Fehr's Whiff on Steroids Tarnishes Great Legacy

(Newser) - If not for one pesky scandal, “Don Fehr might rightly be hailed as one of the greatest leaders in the history of American labor,” Ken Rosenthal writes for Fox Sports of the retiring baseball players union boss. “Alas, he missed on steroids, missed about as badly as... More »

Fehr, Head of Baseball Players Union, Will Retire

(Newser) - Baseball players union chief Donald Fehr said today he’ll retire by March 31, the New York Times reports. His likely replacement as executive director will be Michael Weiner, the union’s general counsel. In Fehr’s 26 years at the helm, the average player salary rose from $289,000... More »

No Way Mitchell Hits Latest Pitch Out of Park

Bungled baseball steroids report bodes ill for Mideast efforts

(Newser) - Those who think George Mitchell will achieve progress in the Middle East point to his record of robust diplomacy in Northern Ireland 10 years ago. One hopes, for the sake of peace, that Mitchell follows his work there and not a more recent example, Will Leitch writes for the New ... More »

Best Sports Stories of 2008

Evil Bill, golden Michael, ailing Tiger, and hapless Lions held our fascination

(Newser) - Every fan has favorite storylines from the year in sports, but a few were universally intriguing, Reid Cherner and Tom Weir write in USA Today:
  1. Michael Phelps' eight golds in the 08/08/08 Olympics gave America a reason to root.
  2. Our favorite hoodied villain, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, finally got his
... More »

Players OK More Drug Tests

Tougher doping rules kick in immediately

(Newser) - Baseball players agreed to more frequent drug tests yesterday and gave more clout to the drug program's independent administrator, the AP reports. The tougher guidelines follow recommendations made in the Mitchell Report and mark the third time the league has toughened its doping policy since 2002—each time under the... More »

Trainer Refutes Canseco, Says A-Rod's No Juicer

'Max' says he's '100%' against enhancers, as was star shortstop

(Newser) - A personal trainer says he's the man portrayed in Jose Canseco’s latest tell-all as pushing steroids on Alex Rodriguez; but Joseph Dion—called "Max" in Vindicated—denies any juicing ever happened and says he’s “hurt in every way” by the insinuation. The trainer maintains that throughout... More »

Baseball Owners, Players Toughen Drug Policy

They agree to more tests; players in Mitchell Report are spared

(Newser) - Clubs and players agreed yesterday to toughen Major League Baseball's anti-doping policy, the AP reports. Players will be tested more frequently without notice, and the game's outside administrator—a position created in 2005 to oversee testing—will get more authority. As part of the deal, all of the players named... More »

Player Agents Referred Clients to Steroid Doc

California physician faces federal drug charges

(Newser) - Federal authorities unsealed an indictment yesterday that charges Dr. Ramon Scruggs and two associates with illegally prescribing performance-enhancing drugs to MLB players. One assertion made in the indictment is that players’ agents referred them to Scruggs, though no agents are named. The doctor, along with associates Allan Danto and Heidi... More »

Who Will Sign Bonds, When?

ESPN writer Jayson Stark explores the slugger's '08 prospects

(Newser) - Opening Day has come and gone and Barry Bonds remains without a baseball home. But the home-run king isn't likely to stay on the sidelines for an entire season. Three MLB executives speculate—albeit anonymously—to Jayson Stark of ESPN about why he hasn't been signed. First, to get Bonds... More »

FBI Begins Clemens Probe

Agency looking into allegations pitcher lied to Congress about steroids

(Newser) - The FBI today began investigating whether Roger Clemens committed perjury when he told Congress that he never used performance-enhancing drugs, Bloomberg reports. The agency opened a preliminary review one day after a House panel told the Justice Department it suspected Clemens of lying. The pitcher insists he never took steroids... More »

Photo Looks Like Trouble for Clemens

Fan's party snapshot could figure in potential federal investigation

(Newser) - An 11-year-old fan's photo of Roger Clemens could mean trouble for the scandal-battered pitcher, especially if the congressional committee pursuing the steroids investigation refers the case to the Justice Department, the New York Daily News reports. The image is allegedly of Clemens at a 1988 party given by Jose Canseco,... More »

Clemens, McNamee Both Grilled Hard

Clemens lawyers lash out at committee chair Waxman

(Newser) - The biggest fireworks in today's House Oversight Committee hearings on the Mitchell Report involved Brian McNamee's claims that Roger Clemens and Jose Canseco discussed steroids and HGH at a party at Canseco's house several years ago. Clemens says he was playing golf the day of the party, and has receipts... More »

Clemens, Trainer Stories at Odds

McNamee says he injected pitcher more than he claimed earlier

(Newser) - Ex-trainer Brian McNamee today told Congress he injected Roger Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs more often than he’d already admitted, saying he'd remembered incidents since his initial statement. Andy Pettitte, meanwhile, revealed in that Clemens had admitted taking HGH years before—a charge Clemens said Pettitte misheard—and Pettitte himself... More »

Pettitte Will Skip Clemens Steroid Hearing

Described as 'not a good witness' in contradictory deposition

(Newser) - Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will not be called to testify before the congressional committee investigating the Mitchell Report and alleged steroids use by Roger Clemens, ESPN reports. Former Mets trainer Kirk Radomski and ex-player Chuck Knoblauch will also not testify, which leaves Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee. McNamee... More »

Clemens' Lawyer in Hot Water

Rusty Hardin criticized for remarks made about a federal agent

(Newser) - The battle rages on in the Roger Clemens steroid scandal, but this time it's his lawyer who is under fire. The chairman of the congressional committee overseeing one inquiry into steroid use in baseball criticized Rusty Hardin for comments he made about IRS agent Jeff Novitzky. “If he ever... More »

'Roids Dealer in Mitchell Report Gets Probation

Radomski's cooperation helped avoid jail time for 10 years of dealing

(Newser) - Kirk Radomski was sentenced to five years probation today for selling speed, steroids and HGH to baseball's top tier from 1995 to 2005, the AP reports. The former Mets clubhouse employee avoided a possible 6 months of jail time because of his extensive cooperation with George Mitchell’s report on... More »

Clemens Testifies Under Oath on the Hill

Claims innocence in preparation for Feb. 13 public hearing

(Newser) - Roger Clemens spent five hours testifying to congressional lawyers under oath; he said he told them he never used performance-enhancing drugs. "It was great to be able to tell them what I've been saying all along—that I've never used steroids or growth hormone,” Clemens said about his... More »

Pettitte Sits Down With Investigators

Clemens on deck in round of depositions to Congressional staff

(Newser) - Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte spoke under oath with officials from a House committee for 2.5 hours today on the subject of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Pettitte's testimony has been highly anticipated since accusations in the Mitchell Report that both Pettitte and former teammate Roger Clemens used steroids, writes the... More »

Knoblauch Testifies on HGH

Former Yankee seems to admit substance use, but obliquely

(Newser) - Leaving his closed-door session with the House oversight committee yesterday, Chuck Knoblauch offered only enigmatic answers about his use of human growth hormone, the AP reports. With wife and toddler in tow, the former Yankee smiled and said, "It is what it is." Though he didn't respond to... More »

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